Jan 29, 2020

CMS Announces Updated Quality Information Including Star Ratings on Hospital Compare

Seema Verma
Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

CMS Announces Updated Quality Information Including Star Ratings on Hospital Compare

If there’s one thing that distinguishes the Trump Administration’s historic healthcare agenda, it’s the single-minded focus on patients. Everything we do is about empowering patients, and today CMS took a major step that empowers those receiving care in America’s hospitals. We refreshed our Hospital Compare website with updated measurement data and the Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings. Today’s update puts the most up-to-date hospital quality information at patients’ and their families’ fingertips so they can make the healthcare choices that are right for them.

Hospital Compare is one of our nine Compare websites. Patients and others use it to compare hospitals based on quality, digging down to specific areas of interest – from infection control to value of care to unplanned hospital visits. Hospital Compare reflects a variety of quality data and includes a facility Star Rating, with five stars being best.

We announced in August of last year that we plan to propose updates to the Star Ratings methodology through rulemaking in 2020 based on the broad feedback we’ve received to date. We’ve participated in national quality conferences, held listening sessions, and solicited advice from experts. These activities have provided us with critical information that has helped shape the methodology proposals we plan to include in the Fiscal Year 2021 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule, which will be issued in spring 2020. We also encourage you to submit comments on the forthcoming proposals through regulations.gov when we release them.

While we look ahead to new Star Ratings proposals, today’s updated Star Ratings use the existing methodology to ensure patients have the information they need. The American people deserve up-to-date information on how hospitals are performing. 

CMS continues to work diligently to make healthcare quality information more available and understandable for consumers. We are not done seeking input on the Overall Star Ratings methodology to inform future updates. This feedback is extremely valuable, as we continue our work to help patients choose hospitals that meet the standards of quality they deserve. 

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